The Bellville Brahmas’ varsity baseball team went into their first playoff matchup of the year against Brazosport last weekend after winning their final district game and their playoff warmup game. Pitching was their main weapon as they shutout both opponents by a score of 10-0 and 8-0.
Kyle Collins, who was on the mound for five innings in the Brahmas’ shutout win over Columbus, was the starting pitcher for Bellville in their first game against the Exporters. Their offense came out of the gates quickly scoring four runs in the top of the first inning largely thanks to a double by Kevin Black with the bases loaded.
The double scored the first two runs for Bellville and the next two came from a fielder’s choice and an error by the Exporters’ third baseman before Brazosport was finally able to stop the bleeding. Despite their hot start, Bellville struggled to produce any more offense for the next couple of innings but Collins’ pitching protected their lead.
Through the first four innings, Collins allowed four hits but managed to get out of every situation without allowing a run. He pitched through six innings, striking out four and only allowing one run.
The Brahmas would tack two more runs onto their lead, one in the fifth and another in the seventh, to secure their 6-2 lead. Bellville then played game two in front of their home crowd in Bellville.
The second game was much tighter for Bellville as the first inning ended with both teams tied with one run each. Bellville’s first run came from a single by Black that scored Collins from second.
Brazosport took the lead in the third inning after a double scored one run to bring their lead to 2-1. It was a short-lived lead for the Exporters as Bellville put together a string of hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead themselves.
Carson Baker drove in the tying run off a double and would score the go-ahead run several plays later thanks to a single by Walker Schulz. Bellville took Jake Cleboski out as starting pitcher after the fifth inning and replaced him with Black.
Black pitched the next two innings and allowed no runs while striking out three to preserve Bellville’s 3-2 lead.
The Brahmas will take on Boerne in the second round of the playoffs this weekend. Boerne finished their regular season with a 26-4-1 record overall and an 11-2 district record. They swept La Vernia in the first round.